Saturday, May 18, 2024

“Elvis” Getting Huge Oscar Push This Sunday with Free Showings in 10 Cities, HBO Max Birthday Special


Warner Bros. is giving Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” the biggest Oscar push ever because, frankly, this is a wide open race for Best Picture.

On Sunday, which would have been Elvis Presley’s 87th birthday, so the studio is having free showings all over the country of the “Elvis” movie. There are ten shows in each of 10 cities, at 5pm including New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Chicago, Dallas, Toronto and Vancouver.

All above screenings will take place at 5:00 PM local time except Los Angeles, which begins at 4:00 PM PST.

Memphis, home to Presley’s beloved Graceland, will also host an afternoon screening at 2:00 p.m. in the estate’s Guest House Theater for fans in town for Elvis’s Birthday Celebration. Tickets will be available here.

There’s also a 30 minute special coming to HBO Max on Sunday called “Just a Boy from Tupelo.” Warner’s is also partnering with Graceland for a bunch of events at our national monument to Mr. Swivel Hips.

Look for a possible surprise next week as “Elvis” could turn out to be winner at the Golden Globes. It isn’t controversial, it’s well made and because Tom Cruise has sort of 86d “Maverick” from the Globes and ditto Brendan Fraser with “The Whale,” “Elvis” could be the solution. Austin Butler has picked up steam, too, for Best Actor.

Warner’s is also weighing on Sunday with a big pre-Globes party for “Elvis.” Suspicious minds at work here…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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